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Where to go for what my 70 y/o Mom thinks is a "fun" meal? But foodies need to be appeased, too.

My Mom and I share the same birthday and this year will be my 40th. I had to miss her 70th last year b/c I was preggers and due 2 days later (she lives in FL). When I asked her if she had any preferences for where she'd like to eat while she's here for our b-day in Feb 2011 she said she wanted to go someplace "fun".

Pressing her on what constitutes "fun", she said she'd like a place where they have music and diners can just get up and dance in the aisles. I think she's picturing everyone doing the Italian napkin dance or boogying to German oom-pah-pah accordian music. The atmosphere and event is more important to her than having good food. I'm was wincing as I wrote that, because...

The rest of us LOVE food. The food is the most important thing. We post our food porn after meals.

Is there someplace we can go to make everyone happy? And if not, where can we go to make *her* happy?

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    1. Somebody help me out here, but isn't there a place where young opera singers work as the waitstaff and then sing opera "between courses" as it were?? I was there years ago and the place was lively and fun and everyone seemed to be having a great time.

      1. re: Jane A.

        This?

        http://www.caffetaci.com/

        I think it used to be near Lincoln Center, years ago.

        1. re: small h

          That's it. Although I thought it was way downtown. Thanks.

          1. re: Jane A.

            My guess is that you're thinking of Asti's in the village, which closed quite a while ago.

    2. Just a thought: I haven't been to Del Posto, but at least one hound has reported that a pianist plays during lunch service (at least on weekdays, not sure about weekends), so if your mother is OK with a place that has live music but isn't an actual dance club, maybe Del Posto would be to everyone's liking.

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      Del Posto
      85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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      1. re: Pan

        That may be too tame for her, lol. I'll peruse the posts and see what I find about their music. Thank you for the suggestion!

      2. I hesitate to write this but how about Mangi Bevi. Its loud, fun the food is decent and she will have a blast.

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        1. re: princeofpork

          Are you talking about Mangia e Bevi on 9th Ave? If so, that place closed a while ago.

          1. re: LNG212

            I was and apologies, I haven't been there in a while but that atmosphere seemed perfect.

            1. re: princeofpork

              Totally agree that it sounds like it would have worked well for the OP. The food wasn't all that but they did hand out tambourines and have people dance on tables!! I don't know of anywhere else that does that. There's always belly dancers at places like Turkuaz, I guess.

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              Turkuaz
              2637 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

              1. re: LNG212

                Le Souk on the LES offers a similar atmosphere but it is quite loud.

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                Le Souk
                47 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

                1. re: princeofpork

                  Sorry Mr. Van Winkle but Le Souk is closed.

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                  Le Souk
                  47 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

                  1. re: reatard

                    Now you know why I dont plan parties for 70 year olds.

                    1. re: reatard

                      They opened a new place on LaGuardia.

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                      Le Souk Harem
                      510 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012

                      1. re: squid kun

                        I passed this place today (Souk) and was wondering if it's any good. Has anyone been there recently?

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            1. I have been to Del Posto numerous times on the W/E and there's always a pianist playing. I have not been for lunch. Call and see what the piano player's hours are. I absolutely love DP. It's one of my favorite NYC restaurants. Good luck.

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              Del Posto
              85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011